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RATINGS: 1144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Beast is a seducer - accomodating, complicated, powerful, dark and created to last the ages. Beyond this, its futile to attempt to describe Him. He will unveil Himself differently to each of His followers. The mark is in His constitution. Brewed with two-row malted barley, honey malt, and imported Belgian specialty grains (aromatic, pale wheat, roasted wheat, and Special B), hops (Magnum, Galena, Saaz, Hallertau, Tettnang, and Hersbrucker), brewing sugars (raisins, dates, blackstrap molasses, alfalfa honey, turbinado, and dark Belgian candy sugar), water, Belgian yeast and another hellion of a yeast strain.OG: 1.138
Batch 1 (2004): 15.7% ABV
Batch 2 (2004): 18.1% ABV
Batch 3 (2005): 14.9% ABV
Batch 4 (2006): 14.6% ABV
Batch 5 (2007): 16.42% ABV
Batch 6 (2008): 16.31% ABV
Batch 7 (2009): 15.07% ABV
Batch 8 (2010): 16.21% ABV
Batch 9 (2011): 16.83% ABV
Batch 10 (2012): 16.0% ABV
Batch 11 (2013): 18.0% ABV
Batch 12 (2014): 16.1% ABV

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2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Sampled at Pizza Port Strong Ale fest. Reddish hue. The flavor is all over the place and is pretty darn harsh on the front end with too much alcohol. Just too overwhelming to give a positive review. Acidic. Gnarled.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
pours a red amber color with a small head. aroma is fruity and malty. flavor is just excellent...the alcohol is hidden quite well considering. palate is perfectly balanced. i like this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2004
On tap, Strong Ale Festival. Clear Reddish/Brown. Aroma is of alcohol, some nice spices, coriander and yeast. Rich and thick feel, the first drink caught me way off guard, but in a good way (I think). Alcohol is hidden suprisingly well! Nice and smooth, rich, but theres no way I could finish a bottle of it. Its just too damn big.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
In your face alcohol is the name of the game here. Hops are just barely outweighing the malt. Some spiciness but everything just seems to get bludgeoned by the abv.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2004
#666 and no other brew really seemed worthy of this mark. This is the most amazing winter warmer brew around. Tons of sweet malt, fig, dark fruit, raisin, and lots of sweet caramel malts. Very warming brew with a lot of alcohol in the aroma and flavor, normally this would not be all that good, but when its this cold outside, boooyah! This brew is going to be amazing once its aged for a year or two, let the alcohol settle a bit and the flavors mix and this could be perfect. Very thick body with a nice dry finish really make this brew excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
2003 vintage sampled at OBriens from a 1.5L Chimay challace. A year of aging does wonders for this beer. Dark mahogany in color, creates a HUGE offwhite head. Aromatics are rich and sweet of carmelized bananas, cherries and yeast. Flavor is loaded with dark dried fruits... figs, raisins, dates, prunes and lots of caramel and a tinge of alcohol. Very full bodied on the palate, with a thick syrupy quality. Excellent dry finish with a very minor alcoholic burn. Top notch.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 Holy Moses, what a beer. Great aroma, nice American/Belgian mix of flavors. Amazing how much the alcohol stands out compared to other high alcohol beers (DFH WWS?). Im glad to hear this will be bottled in 12oz. soon. Dear Diary: Its 1:30 in the morning and were cracking open a bottle of schnapps.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
odddodd (2) - Superior, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2004 does not count
It truely is a beast. The alcohol is apparent at first but masked by a sweet prune like flavor. This is a beer I I would age. It calms down after a year or more in a cellar. Definitely buy to collect this bad boy!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Ive had about four sips and Im drunk. Initial sip was REALLY strong, but Im starting to get used to it. It has a nice ruby-orange color with a slight bit of brown. No head at all. Aroma is alcahol, alcahol, alcahol, raisin, slight bit of dark red fruit and sweet malt, and alcahol. Taste has a lot of alcahol warmth with raisin and a slight roastiness. A little chocolate, caramel, molasses, and slightly acidic cherries also. Belgian yeastiness and spiciness in the aroma and flavor. I wish it was a little sweeter. Rerate: Much better at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4332) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2004
2004 bottle. Reddish amber out of the bottle with a short lived tan bubbly head. Candi sugar nose with a note of sour. Lots of dark, dry fruit in this beer along with burnt caramel sugars and molassass. Syrupy mouthfeel with a strong alcohol burn. Very strong beer, but tastey none the less.


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